EUMETCast A Spot

EUMETCast Europe backup satellite test activation


EUMETCast A Spot
EUMETCast A Spot

A test activation of the backup satellite for EUMETCast Europe is planned from 18 May-3 June 2022. It is a repetition of the test performed in May 2021.

Last Updated

25 February 2022

Published on

25 February 2022

EUMETSAT operates EUMETCast Europe in Ku-band via EUTELSAT 10A (E10A).

In case of an unrecoverable failure of E10A, the EUMETCast Europe service will be continued on HOTBIRD 13C (HB13C) in the 13° East orbital position.

A test activation of the EUMETCast Europe service on the foreseen HB13C transponders is planned to take place from late morning on 18 May to the afternoon of 3 June.

The operational service on E10A will not be affected by this test.

Users can participate by receiving the EUMETCast Europe traffic from HB13C. The reception parameters are listed in the following table.

Ku-band Transponder HOTBIRD 13C (13° E), Europe
Parameter Transponder 1 Transponder 2
Name HB13C HB13C
Transponder 13C 6 13C 8
Down Link Frequency 11316.72 MHz 11355.08 MHz
L-band Frequency
(LNB LOF=9750MHz)
1566.72 MHz 1605.08 MHz
Symbol Rate 33000 kS/s 33000 kS/s
Polarisation Vertical Vertical
Roll-Off 5% 5%
Transmission Standard DVB-S2, VCM mode DVB-S2, CCM mode
MODCOD 1 — Basic Service 8PSK3/5
No Basic service
MODCOD 2 — High Volume Service 16APSK2/3 MPE TS, ISI=1 16APSK2/3 MPE TS, ISI=1

Setup requirements

The antenna requirements for existing user locations are the same as for the operational service from E10A.

The choices are:

  1. Set up a separate reception chain for HB13C. See the satellite dish alignment section on how to point the antenna.
  2. Set up a multi-feed solution according to the Ku-band dual feed setup.

All recommended DVB devices are compatible with the HB13C downlink.

For full details on the backup satellite and the reception setup, see EUMETCast Europe Backup Satellite.

For more information, contact our User Service Helpdesk.